ENGL329L - Special Topics in Film Studies; The Disney Studio and the Animation Industry
0101 - Paul Cote
Throughout the twentieth century, the history of the American animation industry often reads like a history of the Disney studio.  Though Walt Disney did not invent animation, his studio’s pioneering innovations and commercial successes have consistently defined the industry’s mainstream standards - right up into the present day.  Yet Disney has never operated in a vacuum - over the past century, competing animation studios like Fleischer Studios, Warner Brothers, UPA, Hanna-Barbera, and Dreamworks have influenced, imitated, and rebelled against Disney’s conventions.  This course will follow this push and pull between the Disney studio and its rivals throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, charting ways that new mediums, technological developments, and shifting cultural values have impacted animation’s role in American society.

Prerequisite: ENGL245, FILM245, SLLC283, or FILM283; or permission of instructor. Also offered as FILM359L. Credit granted for ENGL329L or FILM359L.